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Point-Counterpoint: The Role of the Project Management Office

By Kathy Martucci, PMP: What is the role of the Project Management Office (PMO)?  Is its sole purpose to provide an organizational home for project managers or is it an independent group charged with developing and communicating project…
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Undercover Boss:
Are You Really Aware?

by Vicki Wrona, PMP: Oprah recently interviewed two of the executives from the new upcoming show called Undercover Boss. These CEOs and Presidents posed as entry level employees to get a taste of their employees’ jobs and what working for…
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Getting to Yes – A Management Classic

By Brian Egan, PMP: Very few non-fiction books are being read 35+ years after they were first published. Getting to Yes is the exception. First published in 1981 by Roger Fisher and William Ury, Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement Without…
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It’s a Matter of View(point)

By Vicki Wrona, PMP: Recently, I was at a neighbor’s house looking out their front door at our street and at my house, a perspective I normally don’t have. Even though I walk my dog by their house frequently, I don’t sit on their front…
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The Critical Role of the Project Sponsor

By Kathy Martucci, PMP: One of the most well-known critical success factors in any project is executive support.  In effect, the project manager must recruit, train and retain an effective sponsor who can add value to the project. How can…
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E-mail (Mis)Communication

By Vicki Wrona, PMP: Have you ever had a misunderstanding result from an email? Especially one that became emotional? Why is that? Why is it so much harder to communicate via email? I craft my messages very carefully and yet still misunderstandings…